On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 04:09:47PM -0700, a...@bellandwhistle.net wrote:
> >Andrew Ardill <andrew.ard...@gmail.com> writes:
> >
> >As a data point, I have seen people add ".gitignore" to their
> >.gitignore file, as they don't want to share the file.
> Right, I've seen that too.
That something I am actually doing in my projects, because I didn't
know they were other way to exclude files like .gitignore.

> It confused the heck out of me. It only lends
> credence to my point about the docs. Those users want the functionality of a
> pattern in '$GIT_DIR/info/exclude', but haven't been able to figure it out
> easily enough. They've just heard about .gitignore, so they're using that.
> Yes, it's all there in the docs if you read it several times, and you
> already know what you're looking at, but not in a terribly accessible, best
> practices, "advice from a smart friend who's been through it all already"
> kind of way.
 Well documentation can be useful when you know what you're looking for,
 but I won't go read it just for discovering new features I didn't know.

> Well, yes: semantics. Since they do slightly different things, they should
> have different names. It makes reference and teaching much easier. In fact,
> if a renaming were to occur, I would actually prefer even better semantics:
>     .gitignore -> .shared-ignore
>     $GIT_DIR/info/exclude -> $GIT_DIR/info/local-ignore
> These suggested names could perhaps be improved on. But if anything, the
> names need to be more different, not less. Users should be able to instantly
> know what a speaker is talking about without having to doublecheck and ask
> if by "git-ignore", the speaker really meant "git ignore" or
> "dot-gitignore".
I agree with a new name for .gitignore. A name like shared-ignore would
make explicite the fact it is shared, and then the user would look for
another way to locally exclude files. This would be a good approach, but
changing it won't be easy as most people already use .gitignore.

Would it be acceptable to have git display a warning when it detects
that .gitignore is excluding itself, with eventually a link to the
documentation or the path to $GIT_DIR/info/exclude ?

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